A boy’s register and reach Alan Jackson… makes me shiver.
Jackson pulls every bite out of his own classics like “She’s Got the Rhythm (And I Got the Blues)” and “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow” and knows how to put his best spin on a classic cover.
Alan’s version of “Lovesick Blues” was a tribute to him Hank Williams in a 1991 episode American music store. Hosted by Gary Morris, the music show featured a different country artist each week, sometimes resulting in nice collaborations or covers like this one.
Written by Cliff Friend and Irving Mills, Lovesick Blues was originally performed for the 1922 musical Tin Pan Alley and recorded by Elsie Clark and Jack Shea that same year. Of course, that means the roots of the song go back 100 years.
Far from that era, however, most credited Hank Williams to the classic, and later he was covered by everyone from Marty Robbins and Patsy Cline to George Strait, Ryan Adams and even little Mason Ramsey, who went viral when he was sang him in a damn walmart.
But this is where Alan Jackson’s yodeling skills really shine, and I think it’s fair to say that he does Williams justice.
And talk about it for an introduction:
“The guy that’s about to come out singing… the women… you start grabbing your shirt and I don’t know what it is…
He’s a great artist, he’s with Arista Records, please be welcome… Mr. Alan Jackson.”
A young Alan Jackson sings “He Stoped Loving Her Today” in a televised singing competition
It’s always cool to see old footage of country superstars before anyone even knew who they were.
I also think it’s crazy how many stars entered these singing competitions to get their name out there and didn’t even win.
Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves both have made their beginnings Nashville Star – and none of them won. Morgan Wallen was on The voice and did not make it out of the playoff rounds to compete in the live shows. And the list goes on and on.
It just goes to show that those “competitions” really don’t mean that much when it comes to finding the next big thing.
But every once in a while someone gets through one of these shows and ends up being a superstar… and I think that’s what keeps us all watching.
Mr Alan Jackson.
After rummaging through the vaults, I found an old video of the man himself competing on the Tennessee News Network show you can be a stara daily talent show featuring amateur country singers from 1985.
Just think, the man was only 27 years old, had no albums to his name and was doing everything he could to get his name known.
In the video, “Al” is absolutely CRUSHED George Jones’ Hit, “He stopped loving her today.”
Little did everyone in this room know they were about to see a country megastar in the making.
Talk about the right place at the right time.
Alan Jackson sings at George Jones’ funeral
Alan Jackson later performed at George Jones’ funeral, many years later.
A video has resurfaced on YouTube of Alan Jackson singing at country music legend George Jones’ funeral in 2013, covering one of Jones’ all-time classics, “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”
Jackson fights back tears and gives the crowd an incredible performance. The Grand Ole Opry auditorium erupts in clapping and cheering as he reaches the crescendo of the ’80s classic.
You can tell Alan was doing his best not to break down, as Jones was an inspiration to himself as well as many other country singers. But as he nears the final notes, he just can’t fight it anymore.
He removes his cowboy hat to say one last goodbye, and with a tear in his eye, he gathers the strength to say, “We love you, George.”
Talk about cutting DEEP.
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2022/08/03/watch-a-young-alan-jackson-covers-hank-williams-lovesick-blues-back-in-1991/ Watch A Young Alan Jackson Cover Hank Williams’ “Lovesick Blues” Back In 1991